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October 14, 2010 7:33 AM   Subscribe

The Never-Ending Language Learning system or NELL is learning the internet. Follow NELL's discoveries on Twitter.
posted by griphus (32 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
You can also quake in your boots at how familiar this seems.
posted by griphus at 7:34 AM on October 14, 2010


Tay ina wiinn
posted by chococat at 7:38 AM on October 14, 2010 [6 favorites]


I wonder what it thinks Soylent Green is.
posted by mazola at 7:41 AM on October 14, 2010


No matter how cool this technology is, all it does is remind me how much I hated the movie Nell.
posted by mazola at 7:43 AM on October 14, 2010


Damn, but it took me forever to figure out #politicianus was "Politician U.S." and not some weird insult ("Politici Anus").
posted by JeremiahBritt at 7:45 AM on October 14, 2010 [6 favorites]


It's only a matter of time before we see the very last tweet ever:

I think "killing all humans" is a #goodidea.
posted by jedicus at 7:46 AM on October 14, 2010 [12 favorites]


Rather Cyc-like in approach, aside from being self-fed.

Hit refresh for a while; one can see quite a lot of "facts" about Adobe. Gracious. On the other hand, it has learned that news competes with fox_news, to a confidence of 96.9%, so that's rather heartening.
posted by adipocere at 7:47 AM on October 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


What would happen if a bunch of people began a coordinated effort of correcting it with misinformation? I mean, besides it being a really dick thing to do.
posted by ardgedee at 7:49 AM on October 14, 2010


NELL meet Cyc. It's good to have some new blood around here.
posted by bonehead at 7:52 AM on October 14, 2010


....it decided “files” was probably a baked good, too.

Nell can now successfully play a Hollywood movie prison guard.
posted by storybored at 8:08 AM on October 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


"sen___hillary_clinton is a politician who holds the office of president"

Hm, close.
posted by Faust Gray at 8:11 AM on October 14, 2010


I think "issue Obama" is a #politicianus

Politici Anus?
posted by delmoi at 8:26 AM on October 14, 2010


Oh and I think "analysis of langston hughes dream boogie" is a #mlarea (http://bit.ly/djndF2)

Good stuff.
posted by delmoi at 8:28 AM on October 14, 2010


I think "electric hand" is a #bone

Fuck. It's becoming an android. That can't be good.


I think "Internal abdominal oblique muscle" is a #muscle

Correction: It's becoming a cyborg.


God help us.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:34 AM on October 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


If you go in to it without an appreciation of what is involved, the Twitter feed can be kind of underwhelming. This is what I wanted to do in a PhD program oh so many years ago so I'm pretty much floored to see it in action. Thanks for the linky...time to hit up a friend of a friend who has research library access.
posted by Fezboy! at 8:44 AM on October 14, 2010


I haven't read the overall plan for this system, and I don't mean to come down too hard on these people's work, but there is an awful lot of bad information in this database. In this case I think it got spammed.
posted by demiurge at 8:46 AM on October 14, 2010


I wonder how NELL deals with polysemy? Ambiguity? Vagueness? Garden path sentences? Orthographic variation? And on and on, really.
posted by iamkimiam at 8:49 AM on October 14, 2010


NELL is going to hit encelopedia Dramatica and end up with very confused ideas about humans.
posted by The Whelk at 9:01 AM on October 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


I think "Penobscot Narrows Bridge" is a #bridge

Quaking in my boots already
posted by MangyCarface at 9:02 AM on October 14, 2010


I think "what that man is doing to his anus" is #physicallyimpossiblerightohgodIcannotlookaway
posted by Spatch at 9:04 AM on October 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


Look to your left, now look to your right.
Just how well do you know that erudite mefite?
posted by infinite intimation at 9:18 AM on October 14, 2010


I think "sexy abs by cutting down belly fat" is #oneweirdoldtrick
posted by Greg Nog at 9:19 AM on October 14, 2010 [5 favorites]


Hmmm...I wonder if NELL would understand what the human centipede is?
posted by misha at 9:47 AM on October 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


I think "hardcore taters" is a #mystery
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:48 AM on October 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


"I think anonymously is a #fish".

Oh my. I would love to know where it go that idea!
posted by misha at 9:56 AM on October 14, 2010


english is the language of the country china 160 10-oct-2010 99.2

If ONLY, amirite?
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 10:01 AM on October 14, 2010


"professionals is a profession that is a kind of professionals." Only 93% sure on that one, though.
posted by harperpitt at 10:12 AM on October 14, 2010


> I think "p" is a #p

NELL's learning about Ayn Rand?
posted by ardgedee at 11:12 AM on October 14, 2010


Between that and this I think I've stopped believing in coincidences.
posted by kimota at 1:17 PM on October 14, 2010


Wasn't this kind of the point of Everything?
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 2:00 PM on October 14, 2010


> I think "sarah palin" is a #Male (http://bit.ly/dz11Wc)

Noted for posterity.
posted by ardgedee at 9:25 AM on November 4, 2010


Beavers mate for life
posted by mrzarquon at 9:48 AM on November 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


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